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Réseau FADOQ was present for Minister Marguerite Blais’ announcement and applauds the Quebec government’s investments in long-term care.
“For a number of years, our organization has been expressing concerns about the poor quality of many CHSLDs and the shortage of spaces. Real action is finally being taken to improve quality of life for seniors and preserve their dignity,” said Réseau FADOQ Chair Gisèle Tassé-Goodman.
At a press conference, the Minister Responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers announced over $2.6 billion to overhaul certain CHSLDs and create 2,600 new spaces in seniors’ homes by 2022. These efforts will fill the vast majority of existing CHSLD gaps.
“The timeline is obviously very ambitious. Réseau FADOQ will be paying close attention to the deployment of these spaces in seniors’ homes. The government has shown its willingness to move forward, and we hope all this can be achieved by 2022, especially given our aging population,” said Ms. Tassé-Goodman.
It’s important to Réseau FADOQ that these spaces be deployed in areas where the needs are most urgent. In addition, the recipients’ contributions must be stipulated by the government.
“Our organization welcomes these investments. It’s encouraging news given that the province’s first caregiver policy is expected to be tabled in 2020,” said the Réseau FADOQ Chair.